PSA Insider - April 23, 2008 | Vol. 9 Number 9 
Mastro Auctions

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PSA HOBBY NEWS

NAXCOM ACHIEVES FIRST QUARTER SALES RECORDS, DESPITE CHALLENGING ECONOMY
Today NAXCOM announced that it set a slew of new sales records during the first quarter of 2008. Growth was fueled by the launch of its very successful auction platform and aggressive marketing campaigns, including a month long free shipping program in March. Click here to read more.

SOTHEBY'S & SCP AUCTIONS TO SELL IMPORTANT SPORTS MEMORABILIA AND CARDS ON APRIL 24, 2008
New York, NY - On April 24, 2008 Sotheby's and SCP Auctions will offer a fine selection of sports memorabilia and cards highlighted by The Bill Nowlin Bat Collection that was formerly exhibited at the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame in Tampa, Florida. Click here to read more.

Mile High Card Company Announces Spring 2008 "Extra Innings" Auction
Centennial, CO - Riding the success of its firm record $2.28 million winter premier catalogue auction, Mile High Card Company will be presenting a spring "Extra Innings" auction that will open for bidding on April 16th. Click here to read more.

Honus Wagner T206, Other Baseball Card Rarities in Heritage Auction
Dallas, TX : One of the most famous of all baseball collectibles, a 1909-era Honus Wagner card, is among the fabulous array of vintage sports trading cards and memorabilia offered by Heritage Auction Galleries in their Signature Auction in Dallas, Texas and online, May 2 and 3, 2008. Click here to read more.

Mastro Auctions to offer Live "Connoisseur" Event In May
Mastro Auctions will conduct a live "Connoisseur" event at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 3rd, at company headquarters: 7900 S. Madison, Burr Ridge, Illinois. A preview is scheduled on Friday, May 2 from 9.00am to 5.00pm, and private previews may be arranged by appointment. Click here to read more.

BABE RUTH ARTIFACTS, IMPORTANT JACKIE ROBINSON PAPERS TO BE SOLD
(TUSTIN, CA) - Three historic and important pieces of baseball history will be among the hundreds of items available when Memory Lane Inc. opens its Spring Fever Rarities Auction. Upcoming auction by Memory Lane Inc. also includes dozens of high grade, rare baseball cards. Click here to read more.

PSA SET REVIEW

A Quixotic Cracker Jack Quest
Collecting 1914 or 1915 Cracker Jack baseball cards can be a real challenge but try to imagine collecting both complete sets! That is exactly what Gary Dent has done and, in the following piece, we learn what drove Gary to take on what very few collectors have ever attempted. Click here to read on.

Taking My Hacks: The Future of the Baseball Hall of Fame
What is the future of baseball's Hall of Fame? With so much controversy surrounding today's players and the cloud of performance enhancing drugs looming above, the voters will be faced with huge challenges in making their selections over the next decade or so. In the following piece, Joe Orlando explores the issue and its potential impact on the hobby. Click here to read on.

PSA SET REGISTRYSM SPOTLIGHT

JoesterBobbyOrrSuperSet - The Number One Current Finest Bobby Orr Basic Set
Before there was Wayne Gretzky, there was Bobby Orr. This set composite requires 23 cards for completion with a finest possible of 9.27. This collector has not only completed this set with a rating of 8.82, but has populated it with a large amount of "Top Pops". Included in this group is Bobby Orr's rookie card which is the finest graded example. It's no wonder this collector has surpassed last years' "Best of the Registry" winner. If you take a moment to view this set, you will see that each card is imaged. Congratulations! Click here to enjoy.

Half Grade Calculations
If you submit your cards to PSA for re-grade and they are upgraded, your certification number will remain the same and you will not need to re-add the card to your set. However, you will need to validate your set in order for the GPA and Rating to be updated. Once you have your grades, please login, go Edit Set, bring your set up, and validate!

PSA Set Registry V2
We are making very good progress on the new PSA Software, version 2 (V2). We expect to begin beta testing in 2-3 weeks. Here are some of the new features:

  • Add inventory one card at a time or in batches
  • Inventory tracking with price paid and source
  • Easy image loading with no size restrictions
  • Add multiple sets directly from your inventory
  • What if? feature to allow you to see what the addition of a card will do to your ranking
  • Collectors Showcase divided into categories and collections easier to locate
  • Ability to post comments on other members' sets
  • PSA submissions can be viewed within "My Set Registry" and you will be able to add new cards to your inventory, directly from the order screen

In preparation for our launch, there are a few things you should know.

Usernames vs. Logins
When we launch V2, you will be required to login using your email address and password. Your username will no longer be valid as a login. However, your username will be seen by your image albums and various other places in the Registry. Many of you are using your email address as your username. If you do not wish your email address to be viewable to the public, please login to your account in the next few weeks and update your username to something other than your email address. For example, if you name all of your sets the same thing, you might want to use that name as your username. The Smith Collection can be SmithCollection or Smith_Collection as the username. To update your account, go to http://www.psacard.com/Membership/login.html.

Database Import
We are doing our best to ensure that sets and inventory import into V2 as accurately as possible. Where a card might be registered in the wrong slot, it will filter to the correct slot to match the corresponding spec number. However, there may be some cases where no spec number is associated with your card. In that case, the card will import to your inventory but not into your set. Once we launch, please review your sets. If you find a card from your inventory is missing in your set and cannot be added, please contact the registry customer service at [email protected]. We will handle these cases on a first come first served basis. Please allow us a little extra time during the first 30 days after launch to address your requests.

Panels, Leader cards, Combos
V2 does not support the addition of a second same spec number to any set. This will affect sets such as the 1951 Berk Ross, 1951 Topps Blue Back and 1962 Topps CFL. These sets have been updated so that panels are associated with the first name on the holder. For example, the Johnny Pesky/Bobby Doerr panel is associated with the Johnny Pesky slot. The Pat Claridge/Steve Cotter panel is associated with the Pat Claridge slot. This change will also affect a few cards in the HOF sets where the same card has been used in two different slots. For example, the 1941 Double Play Johnny Mize-39, Enos Slaughter-40 card can only be used in the Johnny Mize slot, the first name on the card. We are working with our IT department to figure out a work around on these types of situations. Should you wish to use your panel for a different player than it is slotted for, please contact [email protected]. Note that in the HOF sets, leader cards and combo cards will only be assigned one slot. In most cases, those slots will be filled in by user request on a first come basis. Therefore, if you are planning to purchase a leader card or combo card for your HOF set, check with customer service first to make sure the card is not already assigned to a particular player. You will also be able to determine this yourself by using the new "What if?" feature.

Hurry Set Registry Special Ends April 30th!
1972-2002 Modern Special - 10-card minimum/Sports and Non-Sport cards valued under $100. Click here for details.

Visit the Set Registry News page and learn which set composites have been recently added to the Registry and other Set Registry news. The following are new set composites added to the Registry:

Bookmark these important links!
To request a new set:
http://www.psacard.com/set_registry/set_request.chtml

To request a card addition to an established player set:
http://www.psacard.com/set_registry/player_additions.chtml

To delete a card from all sets at once: http://user.collectors.com/psa/set_registry/delete_items.chtml

To update your email address:
http://www.psacard.com/join/update.chtml

Fun, informative, and sometimes controversial, the PSA Set Registry Messageboard is the place to get involved with other collectors who are currently participating in the Set Registry program or are just beginning. Click here to chat on the Set Registry Messageboard.

The PSA Set Registry is a work in progress and we invite your comments and ideas. Send your suggestions to [email protected].


PSA Q & A

Question: Do card doctors only attempt to re-color cards that exhibit dark borders such as 1962 Topps or 1971 Topps baseball cards?

Answer: This is a great question. While it is true that dark-colored cards are the ones that get most of the attention, card doctors may also target white-bordered cards. It is not uncommon to see white-bordered cards with re-coloring along the edges to conceal wear and edge damage. In addition, some card doctors focus on re-coloring the interior of the card, the image area instead of the edges. In those cases, the color of the borders is irrelevant since the alterations are being performed inside the frame of the card.


COLLECTORS SURVEY

Of the following "dream" baseball cards, which one would you want to own the most?

  1. 1915 Cracker Jack Babe Ruth
  2. 1934-36 Diamond Stars Lou Gehrig
  3. 1952 Topps Ted Williams
  4. 1955 Topps Mickey Mantle

Click here to answer. Results will be posted in the next Insider.

Results from last survey: 33% answered 1916 M101-5 Sporting News appears to be the most undervalued of pre-war baseballs sets. Click here for a complete breakdown.



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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rch Altman's Kansas City Show

Location:
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd.
Overland Park KS 66211
United States of America

April 25 - April 27, 2008

Show Details:

  • PSA representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site at the PSA Booth
  • Please call Customer Service at 800 844-7735 for more details.


JP's Sports & Rock Solid Promotions

Location:
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains NY
United States of America

May 16 - May 18, 2008

Show Details:

  • PSA representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service.
  • PSA/DNA autograph experts will be available to authenticate your previously signed autographs on-site at the PSA Booth.


Collectors Universe Public Friday

Location:
Collectors Universe Lobby Area
1921 East Alton Avenue
Santa Ana CA 92705
United States of America

May 23, 2008

Show Details:

  • PSA and PCGS representatives will be available to answer questions and accept submissions for all levels of service from 10am to 4pm.
  • Please call Customer Service for more details.

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